Serving the Guest: A Sufi Cookbook
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The Book is a table laid
with a spiritual feast —
tell me, reciter of the Book: who is the host?
For only he who knows
the kind giver of the feast
can eat at this good table and be blessed.
Sauce boat
Onion Raisin Sauce for Couscous
Cooking time: 45 minutes
1 cup (2 sticks) butter
8 cups sliced onions
3 halved and seeded hot red peppers
1-½ cups raisins
2 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. black pepper
¾ cup honey

In a large saucepan over medium heat, melt the butter and put in the onions. Sauté the onions until they soften and turn gold. Add the rest of the ingredients and stir well. Continue to cook until the mixture turns dark brown, stirring frequently to prevent burning. Remove the peppers and serve with couscous.